Security camera video captured the wife of former Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman illegally dumping her trash in a dumpster behind a Vadnais Heights bar, the owner told Alpha News.
Gidget Korich said she has owned the Old Clover Inn on County Road F for the last five years. On Friday afternoon, Korich’s daughter noticed that a woman was out back tossing her trash in the bar’s dumpster, including a pile of cardboard, a shovel, and wire shelving.
“I’m gonna find out who this chick is,” Korich thought. “I was so mad.”
She decided to post a security video of the incident on her Facebook page to solicit the public’s help in identifying the woman. By Monday, someone was in her bar with the identity of the woman.
“Once I found out who her husband was, I called his cellphone and told him his wife illegally dumped trash in my dumpster,” Korich said.
According to Korich, Freeman initially claimed that it couldn’t have been his wife because they were in Duluth when she called.
“It was last Friday. I’m telling you, it’s her,” Korich replied. “Then Mike says, ‘Well I do know she had some stuff in the back of her vehicle. She used the Vadnais Heights City Hall dumpster though.’ Then he said, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’” Gidget recounted.
“You’re going to come and get your s–. You don’t know me too well,” she replied.
Korich filed a police report with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday. The report says a deputy visited the bar Tuesday on a report of a “city code offense of illegal disposal of garbage on private property.”
“I’m not talking to anybody in the media at all now that I’m retired,” Freeman told Alpha News in a phone call Tuesday morning when asked for comment.
“Illegal is illegal anyway you slice it. I’m making sure you get a fine. So, I’m filing a police report,” Korich said. “Now my dumpster is so full I can’t close the top lid of my dumpster and that’s an $80 extra charge that I won’t be paying because of her.”
Freeman faced questions about his residency last year when it was revealed by Alpha News that his family was living in a home in Ramsey County. Since he was still Hennepin County attorney at the time, Freeman was required to live in the county he represented.
“I’m sorry but nobody is above the law,” she added. “You’re probably millionaires and you try to hurt a small business like mine that still hasn’t recovered after COVID. I won’t let this go.”